exclusive economic zone

noun

Definition of exclusive economic zone 

: the area of sea and seabed extending from the shore of a country claiming exclusive rights to it

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In 2014, China moved an offshore drilling rig into waters that Vietnam considers part of its exclusive economic zone, which prompted large demonstrations and efforts by Vietnam to force the rig to move. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "American Is Detained After Joining Protest in Vietnam," 14 June 2018 Fast Most countries control fishing or have agreements to share rights within a 200-mile exclusive economic zone around their coasts. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’," 14 June 2018 But another concern is whether or not a nation’s exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles offshore, is reduced if a remote, outlying island is literally washed off the map. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Seafood restaurants squeezed by climate change, growing appetites," 6 Apr. 2018 Benham Rise, which faces the Pacific Ocean, is approximately 24 million hectares (59 million acres) in size and encompasses the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf further out in the ocean. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte warns he’ll order navy to fire if sea wealth taken," 10 Feb. 2018 France has three Indian Ocean territories — Reunion, Mayotte and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands — comprising a total of almost 1 million French citizens and commanding a large exclusive economic zone. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 12 Mar. 2018 France has three Indian Ocean territories — Reunion, Mayotte and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands — comprising a total of almost 1 million French citizens and commanding a large exclusive economic zone. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 12 Mar. 2018 Duterte was referring to the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, a stretch of sea where coastal states have been granted exclusive rights to exploit natural resources under a 1982 U.N. treaty. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte warns he’ll order navy to fire if sea wealth taken," 10 Feb. 2018 The latest missile test in November reached an altitude of about 2,780 miles and flew 590 miles, passing over Japan before splashing into waters in Japan's exclusive economic zone. NBC News, "North Korea missile tests prompt Tokyo’s first attack drill," 22 Jan. 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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